This list identifies websites and downloads that families can use to help build understanding as well as apps for mobile devices that have helped families with a child experiencing anxiety symptoms.
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The following websites have been recommended by Connecting for Kids families as useful resources for individuals diagnosed with anxiety:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Anxiety Disorders Resource Center
Online resource containing reviewed research, fact sheets and frequently asked questions for families.
Contains information to help people learn to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.
Child Mind Institute: Anxiety Collection
Collection of articles published by Child Mind Institute on anxiety disorders.
HelpGuide: Anxiety Topics
Collection of online topics discussing common types of anxiety, symptoms, treatments and self-help tips.
Info About Kids: Anxiety Topic Page
Online resource center created by the American Psychological Association (APA) for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Topic Page
Topic page with information on anxiety disorder symptoms, types, treatment and related conditions.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Topic Page
Reviews causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of anxiety disorders, including medications and psychotherapy.
Social Anxiety Support (SAS)
Online community offering resources and forums on social anxiety.
Worry Wise Kids
Service of the Children's Center for OCD and Anxiety. This website offers information about anxiety for parents and schools as well as resources, workshops and training.
Connecting for Kids families have found the following brochures, screening tools, worksheets and other online publications useful in educating themselves and others on their child's anxiety diagnosis.
ADAA: Anxiety Disorders Self-Screening Tools
Online tools designed to help patients determine if professional consultation is needed for treatment of a possible anxiety disorder.
ADAA: Ask and Learn Brochures
Collection of brochures covering an array of topics, including: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder (and Agoraphobia), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Anxiety Disorders in Children and more. Many brochures are available in Spanish.
NIMH: Anxiety Publications
Collection of booklets on anxiety disorders, including: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): When Worry Gets Out of Control; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over; Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms; and Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness.
SAMHSA: Understanding Anxiety Disorders Caregiver: Get the Facts
Printable fact sheet identifying what anxiety disorders are and how they are treated.
More and more mobile applications (apps) are being developed to help individuals independently manage their anxiety symptoms. The following apps have been used by Connecting for Kids families:
Breathe | Calming Reminders For Mindful Breathing (free)